This is a place to know. We discovered it last year and have been back this year. Nestled in an alley of Cecina mare, not 100 mt from the main square, it is a pleasantly unexpected restaurant. The old-fashioned arbor of vines lends a cool shade during the day (when it is quieter and frequented by the locals) and makes a pleasant ambience for al fresco dining in the evening (when it gets more crowded also with tourists; children are welcome and have a special play area set aside for them). It is run by Giovani and Vanya, who both work in the kitchen, using only high quality ingredients and, whenever possible, use of local produce is a priority. The cuisine is regional and seasonal, with touches of international influence. The middle eastern "tagine", revisited, becomes the bearer not of stews or cous-cous but of squid risotto with pecorino cheese, baccalà livornese, or mussels with calvados and lime. The pappa al pomodoro, another local staple, gets flair from the added prawn tails. Fish is fresh from the local sea port and cooked to perfection - the fritto misto (fried mixed fish - small fry, shrimp, and squid) is light and crispy. Autumn opens the door to polenta with fresh porcini mushrooms. An additional bonus is their superb home-made pizza. Deserts are well presented and interesting: from green apple sherbet with calvados, to pistachio meringue semi-freddo with dark chocolate. . They also have a nice selection of bottled wines but the real winner is their house wine made at a local vineyard. Prices are reasonable with a good value .
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